PIL before Supreme Court seeks ban on Om Raut’s Adipurush

A public interest litigation (PIL) petition has been filed before the Supreme Court of India seeking an exhibition ban on Om Raut’s ‘Adipurush,’ a film based on the Hindu epic Ramayana, for allegedly hurting the sentiments of Hindus and devotees of various deities depicted in the film by “destroying their fundamental values and characters” and changing the ‘basic structure’ of Valmiki Ramayana. The petitioner also objected strongly to some phrases in the film, claiming that only ‘gully boys’ use such ‘derogatory’ language. The petitioner, Mamta Rani, has asked the Supreme Court to revoke the censor certificate granted to the film by the Central Board of Film Certificate on the grounds that it violates the statutory prohibitions in Section 5B of the Cinematograph Act, 1952.

Allahabad High Court slams makers of the movie Adipurush

The Allahabad High Court criticised the makers of the film Adipurush for depicting religious characters such as Lord Rama and Lord Hanuman in an inappropriate manner, and questioned why they were putting the tolerance level of a particular faith (Hindus) to the test. The Court made these remarks while hearing two Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petitions challenging the film’s exhibition and dialogues starring Prabhas, Saif Ali Khan, and Kriti Sanon. Further, before rising Justice Chauhan stated orally that filmmakers are simply interested in making money. Then he seemed to imply that even a short documentary on the Quran revealing wrongdoing would raise a stir.

Allahabad High Court asks Union of India in relation to the film Adipurush whether it will take steps in public interest under the Cinematograph Act

While hearing two Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petitions challenging the film’s exhibition and dialogues, the Allahabad High Court inquired of the Union Of India whether it is contemplating taking necessary steps in the public interest by utilising its revisional power under Section 6 of the Cinematograph Act, 1952. The bench of Justice Rajesh Singh Chauhan and Justice Shree Prakash Singh also granted an application to include the movie’s dialogue writer Manoj Muntashir Shukla as a party respondent in one of the PIL petitions, and instructed that he be served with a notice.

Karnataka High Court refuses to quash FIR against Rahul Gandhi for KGF song copyright infringement

The Karnataka High Court refused to dismiss a FIR filed by MRT Music against Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Jairam Ramesh, and Supriya Shrinate for alleged copyright infringement in the use of a song from the Kannada film “KGF Chapter 2” in the promotional video for the “Bharat Jodo Yatra.” The court reserved the order after hearing arguments from both the sides on June 23.

Karnataka High Court observes that Centre’s blocking power not ‘Tweet specific’ but can extend to blocking accounts

The Karnataka High Court dismissed Twitter’s petition challenging the Centre’s banning orders, ruling that the government is not compelled to notify individual account holders whose accounts are to be suspended. The single judge bench said notice to users of account in terms of Rule 8(1) of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking for Access of Information Public) Rules, 2009 is not required, and in any case, the omission of such notice cannot be used by an intermediary to challenge the Blocking Orders.

Sanjay Puran Chauhan’s ‘72 Hoorain’ denied film certification

The trailer for National Award-winning filmmaker Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan’s ’72 Hoorain’ has sparked debate. The film, produced by Ashoke Pandit, landed in trouble when its trailer was released on June 4. According to reports, the censor board has denied certification. The makers of ’72 Hoorain,’ which received the National Award for Best Direction in 2019 for its director, Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan, fiercely disagreed with the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) decision to reject the film’s trailer. The film is set to release on July 7.

CBFC asks makers of ‘Satyaprem Ki Katha’ to make various changes including removal of the words ‘ghapa ghap’, which were allowed in Sanju, a Ranbir Kapoor starrer

Before awarding a certificate to ‘Satyaprem Ki Katha,’ the censor board proposed numerous adjustments. The fact that the CBFC permitted the use of the phrases ‘ghapa gap’ in Ranbir Kapoor’s ‘Sanju’ but not in ‘Satyaprem Ki Katha’ has drawn attention. CBFC asked the makers of the film to remove some words from the film and there a total of seven changes in the final version of the film.

Class action lawsuit filed against OpenAI and Microsoft in US alleging unauthorised usage of private information from internet users without their consent or knowledge

A class action lawsuit was filed on June 28 in the US District Court for the Northern District of California which argues that OpenAI, along with restructuring itself as a for-profit business in 2019, deployed a strategy to secretly harvest massive amounts of personal data from the internet.The complaint by multiple plaintiffs alleges that OpenAI and Microsoft developed, marketed, and operated their AI products including ChatGPT ‘unlawfully and harmfully’. The defendants have been accused of using stolen private information from internet users without their consent or knowledge. The lawsuit also claims that the companies in question continue to unlawfully gather personal data from millions of unsuspecting users from around the world to train their products. The complaint has listed multiple counts such as the violations of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the California Invasion Privacy Act, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, etc. The complainants seek relief against the alleged violations in the ongoing case.